Following seven weeks of intense conflict, a temporary ceasefire has been initiated between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters in Gaza. However, the four-day ceasefire involves releasing 50 women and children hostages, with the possibility of an extension if more hostages are freed.
After seven weeks of intense conflict, a temporary ceasefire has taken effect between Israeli troops and Hamas fighters in Gaza. The pause comes ahead of the planned release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas, in exchange for incarcerated Palestinians.
The truce, which began at 7 a.m., saw a halt in major bombings, artillery strikes, and rocket attacks. However, both sides accused each other of sporadic shootings and violations. The streets of Khan Younis in southern Gaza saw displaced Palestinians returning to their homes amidst the ruins.
“I am now very happy, I feel at ease. I am going back to my home, our hearts are rested,” said Ahmad Wael. Smiling as he walked carrying a carpet balanced on his head. “I am very tired of sitting without any food or water. There (at home) we can live, we drink tea, make bread.”
Israeli tanks withdrew from Gaza’s northern end, and aid trucks entered from Egypt at the southern end. The four-day ceasefire involves the release of 50 women and children hostages. In addition, with the potential for an extension if more hostages are freed.
Temporary Solution For A Crises
Hamas confirmed a cessation of hostilities but emphasized it as a “temporary truce.” The Israeli Defense Minister pledged a swift return to fighting once the pause concludes.
The conflict was triggered by Hamas crossing into southern Israel in October. It has led to thousands of casualties and a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. However, the ceasefire offers a brief respite, with the hope of additional aid reaching the war-torn region.
Egypt has said 130,000 liters of diesel and four trucks of gas will be delivered daily to Gaza and that 200 trucks of aid would enter Gaza daily.
In addition, a Palestinian official familiar with the truce talks told in reports that only three trucks of aid out of 100 trucks had reached the northern Gaza Strip so far.
“This is grave foot-dragging,” the official said.